Swimming with turtles is probably on everyone's 'travel to-do list', isn't it? Which is why we, along with the help of the awesome people over at Contiki travel, have rounded up 5 places you can do exactly that.
Tortuguero National Park, Costa Rica
What better place to spot a turtle than Tortuguero (turtle catcher) National Park a.k.a sea turtle haven. Tortuguero is one of Costa Rica's most popular eco-tourism destinations and is known as a place for studying the rainforest, freshwater and marine biology, especially its sea turtles. As one of the world's major nesting sites for the Atlantic green turtle, travellers visiting Costa Rica in July through October are sure to spot turtles nesting on the shore, and baby turtles shuffling their way across the sand to the open sea!
As the saying goes, big things sometimes come in small packages. With Belize – the second smallest and least populated nation in Central America – this couldn't be any truer as it packs a hemisphere's worth of adventure within its borders. Located between Mexico and Guatemala, Belize is the perfect destination for exploration, relaxation and turtle sightings. Book your next trip in paradise and experience diving with three out of the seven varieties of sea turtles (green, hawksbill, and loggerhead). These turtles nest in Belize and are regularly located between the coast and the barrier reef.
The Great Barrier Reef, Australia
The largest coral reef system in the world, The Great Barrier Reef is also a breeding ground for six out of the seven species of turtles. Take a trip any time of the year and enjoy warm waters, beautiful sites and of course, swimming with sea turtles. If you time your trip just right, you may have the chance to watch a turtle laying her eggs. The sex of many baby turtle species is determined by how warm the eggs are kept. Females are produced by warm temperatures, males are from cooler temps.
Amanyara, Turks and Caicos
Here, you can take part in the Turtle-Tagging Safari aka full day excursion that sees you head out an hour away to help tag turtles, contributing to research efforts and the conservation of sea turtles. Not only this, but you'll probably catch a turtle, take it back to Amanyara, and attach the satellite tag before releasing the turtle into the wild. HOW CUTE.
Pikaia, Galapagos Islands
As a destination, Pikaia sits within a Galapagos Tortoise reserve so you can easily see turtles just by exploring the surrounding areas without going on an excursion or having a guide. Plus, the Galapagos Islands is rare in that you can encounter turtles on land and sea - so you can swim *and* walk with them.
Head to Contiki travel to help you organise the trip of a lifetime.